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EV5956 - Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods

Credit points: 6
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Available to postgraduate students admitted to the Master of Development Practice, the Graduate Diploma of Development Practice and the Graduate Certificate of Development Practice

This subject provides students with an understanding of the critical links between tropical landscapes and livelihoods in a development practice context. The content will provide students with knowledge of the concept of livelihoods and tools used to investigate assess and monitor changes in livelihoods. Students will learn experientially through hands-on experience with a variety of participatory approaches to livelihood studies. Special attention will be given to the different visions and perceptions of livelihoods amongst different people. The concept of landscape and the use of various visualisation techniques will be emphasised. Implications of globalisation for rural livelihoods and ways in which market integration can be mediated to favour livelihoods will be explored. Much of the teaching will be in the workshop mode and there will be opportunities for field excursions to communities in far north Queensland.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain understanding of trade-offs in conservation and development in a globalised world and gain understanding of the concepts of: appreciative inquiry as an approach to engage with local populations; livelihoods and the sustainable livelihoods framework and how this applies in situations of different cultures and environments; landscape and its application of measures to improve livelihoods;
  • gain hands-on experience with the full range of participatory approaches used in livelihoods studies and use scenario techniques, based upon drawing, smart mapping, simulation models etc to investigate development pathways and their impacts on people's livelihoods;
  • learn the use of tools for exploring the different visions and perception of livelihoods amongst different stakeholder groups;
  • gain knowledge on the use of a range of visualisation techniques;
  • acquire the ability to work in the field with marginalised groups in remote areas.


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Dr Intu Boedhihartono
Lecturers: Professor Jeff Sayer, Dr Intu Boedhihartono.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars - will include some tutorials
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (25%); assignments (35%); notebook (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.